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#2935857 Toulouse Olympique

Posted by oiseau on 28 May 2014 - 04:41 AM

Let's give a shot to Margalet (20yo) and Theo Gonzalez Trique (23yo).

Theo has had a steady season but his younger brother Arthur (20 yo) has been superb in the halfback line this past season. Great maturity and well done Sylvain for pushing him in at the deep-end.

#2934198 Toulouse Olympique

Posted by oiseau on 24 May 2014 - 05:49 AM

Stade Velodrome,  Marseille Magic  :D

Could do a lot worse. Marseilles has a proud XIII tradition with a french championship plus cup wins under their belt. The club packed in a few years back with financial problems but reformed (Avenir 13) with talk of them expanding to the LER. Loads of support in the area and decent road links would make it  a viable venue for a big game, even international level.

#2932103 Toulouse Olympique

Posted by oiseau on 19 May 2014 - 02:24 PM

The Mairie de Toulouse is 100% behind their RL club so much so they are sanctioning the renovation works at Les Minimes - They are doing their bit for the big SL push.

#2929702 Carcassonne view Super League 2

Posted by oiseau on 15 May 2014 - 05:55 AM

another antipodean rest home then 



Ah Van




#2928694 French Play Offs

Posted by oiseau on 12 May 2014 - 07:57 PM

I get the impression that Sylvian Houles involvement has been significant here. Toulouse where on the brink of making both Finals last year but just missed out. Gilles Dumas took them that far but last autumn they stuttered a bit & the club boss Bernard Sarrazain decided to put the former Huddersfield & London Broncos winger in charge. Its worked a treat for them. The players appear to have really moved up to a different level. Captain Planas said it was the whole group of 30 senior players who have responded. There's talk of not just a team but a club on the march. Their Juniors too plus half a dozen academy lads named for the international side against England at Castleford this Friday.

To many here Toulouse are in a stronger position now than when they played in Championship across the Channel 2009-11. Although results didn't show through they feel looking back it gave them some backbone on which to build. Both Houles & Planas played in that side and now want another chance to prove themselves.

Praise also for Adam Innes who has added new dimensions to the fitness  regime with similar ideas to Keegan Smith formerly at Catalans. The players are 100% behind the coaching team with no splits between the french and overseas players like before when Dumas ran the ship.

#2920900 Towns involved in French RL

Posted by oiseau on 25 April 2014 - 12:34 PM

Guasch would be aghast at the thought. He's slaved away for a decade or more to get Catalan where they are today. Near 20,000 at Brutus over the last few weekends. Why would Dragons give up on that. Playing the likes of Saints, Wigan and Leeds is what pulls the French punters.

Do some here think the Warriors should leave the NRL and return to the Barter Card Cup to develop the NZ game.

Exactly, why would Guasch want to  drop down to an inferior league ? Not to mention the financial implications. Catalans are sitting pretty in Perpignan at the moment especially with USAP dropping down a league.This is the time reinforce their RL presence in the area to lure the RU crowds to the Gilbert Brutus.

#2917947 Lord Derby Cup Final Update

Posted by oiseau on 18 April 2014 - 06:26 AM

In the local paper Tuesday says that Toulouse Olympique expect to hear from the RFL regarding their bid for SL 2/Championship participation in the next two weeks.

As previously reported there was some concern the change of leadership/politics in the Toulouse council would in some way affect the reconstruction work at Les Minimes. It appears that nothing will change as the agreements regarding funding etc were settled before the new regime was installed. The date for the start of the work has been pushed forward yet again to the beginning of next year. This would indicate the refurbished stadium wouldn't be ready until the 2016 season ?  So it drags on....

#2916140 Lord Derby Cup Final Update

Posted by oiseau on 14 April 2014 - 06:49 AM

Excellent crowd befittting of a great occasion, reminiscent of the Northern Rail Final day.  Convincing wins for both Toulouse teams and a great tribute to the Academy and the overhauled coaching system put in place at the end of last season. Credit to Sylvain Houles who seems to have put a positive spin on the coaching side of things. More younger coaches with fresh ideas are required surely ?

ASC struggled with the pace and quality of Toulouse who won the midfield early on. Vunakace changed the game on 20 minutes and him and Woods' good discipline really leading from the front. Good performances throughout and great for me to see young Kriouache given a good chance as replacement hooker. He has come on leaps and bounds this season.

Stade Albert Domec really doing us proud and proving to be an excellent venue for such matches.

#2912554 J.Fakir to Bradford Bulls.

Posted by oiseau on 07 April 2014 - 07:13 AM

Jamal has been a great servant to the Catalans but last season the rot set in with sub-standard performances


The change will be good for him, good luck big fella

#2909584 Catalan Dragons Overseas Quota

Posted by oiseau on 02 April 2014 - 11:10 AM

Barthau is already 24yo... he should have been "in" since 2-3years to fully explore his potential...

Catalans once made Tony Gigot at first grade when he was like 18-19yo... now nobody wants him, dunno why

Because he's not very good, that's why...


He flatters to deceive

#2905142 Lord Derby Cup Final

Posted by oiseau on 24 March 2014 - 04:25 PM

Good to see decent crowds at both games.Toulouse juniors have been very strong this season and they are a great testament to the excellent Academy system. Can't see anything other than a Toulouse double this season Gordon. Do you know if the game is being covered by Bein Sports this year ?

#2905063 22/03/14 - Catalan Dragons v Huddersfield Giants KO 6.30pm CET (Sky Sports)

Posted by oiseau on 24 March 2014 - 02:14 PM

There must be a lot of good young talent playing in France, but they can't all play for Catalans, so other SL clubs should be taking a look. I wish my club would. 

There are some good kids in the pipeline but yes, not all can play at Catalans. Toulouse Academy is doing a good job with trials currently being offered for training programmes for young kids  from the area, which is vast. Escare was actually pointed out to several clubs both SL and Championship as  long as five years ago tho' nobody bothered to take it any further as far as i'm aware. I would love to see kids like Kriouache given a chance of 'proper pro training & coaching facilities wherever just to see if they could possibly have a chance of making it.

#2903986 22/03/14 - Catalan Dragons v Huddersfield Giants KO 6.30pm CET (Sky Sports)

Posted by oiseau on 23 March 2014 - 07:08 AM

Great credit to the coaching staff at Perpignan for preparing the team following a few traumatic weeks. The committment, 110% work-rate, excellent discipline, hunger and intuitive play restored pride and respectability to french rugby league.Push on from here lads.

#2901585 Catalan - What has gone wrong and can they go down?

Posted by oiseau on 18 March 2014 - 09:01 PM

But there are some big cities in that region though: Bordeaux, Montpellier, Toulouse, Avignon, Perpignan, Marseille etc. As far as I can see, there are no professional summer leagues in France, I may be wrong though. Football, RU, Handball, Basketball are all winter sports in the country, so surely there is the opportunity? That's why I said something like a 6 team competition, so you're not going overboard and you can base it entirely in the South region. Run it from May to August and continue the Elite leagues over the winter. 

A similar idea was mooted a couple of years ago to include teams in Paris & Lens and others hence the international against Wales in october 2012 to arouse interest in the game in the north.  This project is still being talked about so one day it coud come to fruition.It's all down to money & tv deals etc of course

#2898578 Catalan - What has gone wrong and can they go down?

Posted by oiseau on 13 March 2014 - 04:45 PM

I hope you are right HW... I saw enough in Barthau's performance against PNG in the World Cup (behind a beaten pack in my opinion) that he could do a very good job for Catalans in a decent side; I'd argue he's never really been given a sustain shot in the Catalans team due to the reliance on overseas players who don't always perform (happens in the English sides with halfbacks as well!).William was unlucky a few years back when injury problems meant Walters had to pick him in a home gao

William was unlucky, he was selected to play, due to injuries to Bosc etc in a home game against St Helens a few years back as a really young halfback. Elima got himself sent off after 20 minutes (nothing's changed ?) after a clothes line on Jonny Lomax with the teams all square. The extra man allowed Saints to impose themselves and comfortably win the game. William tried hard but couldn't do much with the big mis-match.

This really knocked William for six and was inconsolable after the game. Bosc came back which meant an early end to Williams future under Walters.

He needs a decent run in the team and he will be fine. Moving Morgan back to FB will help William and the team  a lot I think.